No Such Thing As The News. Image shows from L to R: Dan Schreiber, Anna Ptaszynski, James Harkin, Andrew Hunter Murray
No Such Thing As The News

No Such Thing As The News

  • TV comedy
  • BBC Two
  • 2016
  • 13 episodes (2 series)

A topical comedy series hosted by the stars of QI's No Such Thing As A Fish podcast. Stars Dan Schreiber, Anna Ptaszynski, Andrew Hunter Murray, James Harkin, Jane Hill and Matthew Amroliwala

No Such Thing As The News. Image shows from L to R: Andrew Hunter Murray, Anna Ptaszynski, Dan Schreiber, James Harkin

Key details

Genre
Comedy
Broadcast
2016
Channels
BBC Two
Episodes
13 (2 series)
Stars
Dan Schreiber, Anna Ptaszynski, Andrew Hunter Murray, James Harkin, Jane Hill and Matthew Amroliwala
Director
Michael Matheson
Producers
John Lloyd and Keith Blackmore
Companies

No Such Thing As The News is a current affairs counterpart to QI podcast No Such Thing As A Fish. It promises to be fast, intelligent, hilarious television, completely unlike any other show on air. It's about contemporary events, but it's not 'satire'. It aims to do for the news what QI does for the universe at large: making the apparently dull interesting, the obscure clear and the frightening comprehensible.

Like all great ideas, the formula is simple. Four young QI researchers - known by Stephen Fry's affectionate nickname as 'The QI Elves' - tell each other the most interesting things they've discovered in the news that week. They are likeable, ordinary, unpretentious, inveterately curious, prodigiously well briefed and extremely funny. They don't claim to be journalists and they don't look like newsreaders, but their take on the world is as accurate as any. Not bound by the conventions accepted everywhere else, No Such Thing As The News may not look like the news, but you are certain to find yourself strangely better informed.

The producers say: "No Such Thing As The News is an addictively larky, charming and fresh new way of delivering news (especially to an audience under 30) and it is the only news bulletin in the world guaranteed to make you feel better afterwards."

Additional details

Also known as
  • NSTATN (Acronym)
Production
Studio
Camera set-up
Multi-camera
Picture
Colour
Soundtrack
The theme music is Wasps, by Emperor Yes.

Website links

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Friday 20th May 2016 at 11:05pm on BBC Two
Last new broadcast
Wednesday 30th November 2016 at 11:15pm on BBC Two
Most recent repeats

Recording details

  • Up The Creek

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